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I got a wee baby guinea pig from the pet store, and I was told he had… 
18th-Apr-2008 04:34 pm
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I got a wee baby guinea pig from the pet store, and I was told he had deformities. (One of the reasons I got him, imagine if a little kid took him home!?)

But apparently he has a curved spine (I can feel that much) and his hips are fused so he kind of 'hops' although I see him use his feet a bit, wouldn't it hurt him? The lady told me he was in no pain...

Also, he drools... a lot. (That's why I've named him "Bib," plus it's a weird name, and I like weird names.) I've never known a guinea pig to do that, I know it's a bad sign for a rabbit (generally teeth problems.)

I'm going to get a vet at my work to take a look at him if I can this Sunday. I'll also find out how old he needs to be to get him neutered at the same time... cos I've never had a guinea pig neutered, but I know you can do it. I've only ever had females, so this is new to me! :-)

I've taken a video of him walking, but it was on a couch chair so it's a bit slanted anyway, he doesn't appear to be in any pain. But I just think the sound of 'fused hips' sounds awfully painful to me.. so I don't know...

Has anyone had any experience with a guinea pig with fused hips?



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Okay the video html won't work, so here's a link: http://s130.photobucket.com/albums/p251/sist3r_spo0ky/?action=view¤t=DSCF4536.flv

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18th-Apr-2008 09:26 pm (UTC)
Oh wow the hopping and stiff joints could definitely be from Scurvy, that would be good -- as it's cureable! Hopefully... it doesn't actually say if the symptoms will go away or not.

And yes, with the drooling I've wondered since she first told me if it was actually his teeth/mouth. When they told me he was 'deformed,' and had a habit of 'drooling,' I was like hmm.. teeth.. must be his teeth.

But I didn't say anything, cos if something goes wrong in the first week they have to pay... and they said he stopped eating, and I do notice they give vegies (though how much, and how good it is I don't know...) so it's a possibility it is an underlying problem that caused him to get scurvy.
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